An M.G.S. to the 74th Regiment of Foot
An M.G.S. to the 74th Regiment of Foot - PYRENEES, ORTHES, TOULOUSE (JACOB HANCOCK, 74th FOOT.). Cleaned, light contact, evidence of brooch mounting on the obverse, heavy bruising, near very fine. Accompanied by nine pages with copies of his Service Records and Discharge Papers from the National Archives.Footnote: Jacob Hancock was born in Heddington, Wiltshire, England. He attested at the age of twenty-five, as a Private with the 74th Regiment of Foot on April 10, 1813, in Glasgow, Scotland, stating his occupation as that of Labourer. He is credited with having served nine months in the Peninsula War and in France, having participated in the Battle of the Pyrenees (July 25-30, 1813), the Battle of Orthes (Orthez, February 27, 1814) and the Battle of Toulouse (April 10, 1814). After his European service, he was posted to North America for ten years and ten months, which included a three month stint in the West Indies in 1825, his North American service ending on December 31, 1828. The remainder of his service was on the Home Front, from January 1, 1829 to October 27, 1834. Hancock was discharged on October 27, 1834 in Belfast, Ireland, as a result of being diagnosed with chronic rheumatism, confirmed by a Medical Board decision, at the age of 46, his character noted as "good". He is credited with having served a total of 15 years and 266 days in the Iberian Peninsula, France, North America and the West Indies, along with 5 years and 300 days in the Home Front.